Then the angel of the Lord came and sat under the oak that was in Ophrah, which belonged to Joash the Abiezrite as his son Gideon was beating out wheat in the wine press in order to save it from the Midianites. The angel of the Lord appeared to him and said to him, “The Lord is with you, O valiant warrior.”
Judges 6:11-12 (NASB)
It never fails to amaze me how you can return to previous scripture readings and see something that you didn’t see before; that is the case in today’s scripture which I last read on the 1st of April this year. As I read my notes I was struck by the directness of God’s call to Gideon: The angel of the LORD appeared to him and said to him, “The LORD is with you, O valiant warrior.” Let me tell you folks, I have never had such an astonishing experience in my life. Yet I am sure that he has spoken to me on various occasions in different ways (through people, the Bible, Music/TV, news etc.), but never quite as cool as Gideon’s encounter.
Clearly Gideon misunderstood the nature of the call, thinking it to be a call of the whole nation. But the angel of the LORD makes it crystal clear; “Go in this YOUR strength and deliver Israel from the hand of Midian. Have I not sent YOU?” [emphasis mine] (Judges 6:14). Further still Gideon starts making excuses, regarding his youth and the lowly status of his family in society but the visitor has another answer for him; “Surely I will be with YOU, and YOU shall defeat Midian as one man.” [emphasis mine] (Judges 6:16). Brethren believe me God can call you too, and yes our human nature will look for excuses and confirmation as Gideon did (Judges 6:17-21). If God calls you to service, He will reassure you and confirm it to you too.
Our God doesn’t mess around, when He wants something done by a man today, he makes Himself heard clearly in one or even several ways. There is no indication why Gideon was chosen, other than that God chose Him. If God chooses a man as He chose Gideon, there is no need for any other explanation than being chosen by Almighty God! In relation to this subject, today I began reading “The Man God Uses” by Oswald J. Smith, and he had this to say about men who choose to be for God:
“to be a man after God’s own heart means to put God first; to walk with Him
every moment; to do nothing that would displease Him and to allow nothing that
would grieve Him; to live a life of practical righteousness and holiness before Him;
to give Him our undivided attention, and to love Him supremely.” Oswald J. Smith.
Dear reader, if you long to serve Him in whatever way He chooses, first make yourself ready. Follow the guidance of Oswald J. Smith above, be frequently in God’s Word and in prayer. Secondly brethren, make yourself available in every circumstance of each day. In these End Times the church needs real men for God.